The Sacramento Kings had two chances to tie the game in the final seconds, but both shots bounced off the rim and the Houston Rockets escaped with a 122-119 victory Thursday night at the Toyota Center.
The loss dropped the Kings to 3-2 for the season and sets the stage for the rematch in less than 48 hours as the two teams faceoff again in Houston to open the new year.
Richaun Holmes continued his dominant play of late with 13 rebounds and 22 points on 10-of-13 from the floor. His play on both ends of the court has been so good that Marvin Bagley (four points, eight rebounds) cannot get into the games in the fourth quarter anymore.
Cue Team Bagley snarky post-game tweets.
De’Aaron Fox finished with 22 points, six assists, five rebounds, and four assists. Harrison Barnes led the squad with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Buddy Hield dropped in five three-pointers enroot to 19 points.
As for the contest, Sacramento likely had no business even being close, but this team is different from Kings teams of late. Every time it looked like the Rockets were about to blow the game wide open, the Kings battled back.
As usual, Sacramento struggled throughout much of the third period, but this time were able to pull back within one point going into the fourth and had as much as a seven-point lead mid-way through the quarter before James Harden and John Wall took over and closed out the game.
Even though the result was a loss, this was a good game and clearly shows that the Sacramento Kings are a tough, scrappy team that will compete every night. Be sure to check out the highlights!
2021 should be a lot of fun.